• Female Sexuality, Media Politics, and the War on Women

Part of Console-ing Passions: A Conference on TV, New Media & Feminism

Saturday, July 21, 2012
5:30-7:30pm
C. Walsh Theater at Suffolk University
55 Temple St, Boston
Open to the public! Reserve your seat.

This year the so-called “War on Women” has dominated media coverage of national politics, driven by a set of high-profile controversies:

·          The Komen Foundation decision to pull funding from Planned Parenthood 
·          Virginia’s proposed law to require transvaginal ultrasounds to women considering an abortion
·          President Obama’s mandate that health care providers cover contraception 
·          Rush Limbaugh’s reaction to Sandra Fluke’s testimony on the Affordable Care Act

Taking as its focus the centralization of women’s bodies in these national debates, this special event gathers together experts on media politics, women’s sexuality, health care, and reproductive justice to discuss how both traditional broadcast outlets and social media have framed -- and changed -- this conversation.

The evening begins with a screening of the new film The Purity Myth, introduced by writer Jessica Valenti. Following the film, a panel of nationally recognized authors, advocates, commentators, and educators will join Jessica on stage for a lively discussion, moderated by Jean Kilbourne, an internationally recognized author, speaker, and activist known for her pioneering work on the image of women in advertising.

Michelle Goldberg, senior writer for Newsweek/The Daily Beast and author of The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World

La’Tasha Mayes, founder and executive director of New Voices Pittsburgh: Women of Color for Reproductive Justice

Allison Perlman, assistant professor at the University of California, Irvine and co-editor of Flow TV: Television in the Age of Convergent Media

Jessica Valenti, columnist for The Nation, author of The Purity Myth, and co-founder of Feministing.com

Deanna Zandt, technology consultant and author of Share This! How You Will Change the World with Social Networking

Click here for Tickets ($10 for general public). Conference fee includes ticket to this closing event.

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